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German legal fight over Internet sales

18 October 1999

GERMANY: COMPANIES advertising public auctions or sales on the Internet in Germany are breaking the law and should be stopped, say the German Society of Auctioneers and Fine Arts, Der Bundesverband Deutscher Kunstversteigerer.

The executive’s toy of its time

04 October 1999

UK: THE late 19th century cranberry glass and gilt metal ‘self-perpetuating table fountain’, pictured right, was the executive desktop toy of its day.

Internet auctioneer woos dealers with incentives

04 October 1999

UK & US: A NEW Internet auction house, due to launch simultaneously in the United States and the UK on October 15, aims to woo dealers in high value art and antiques by special incentives and simplifying the process.

Morris family buy Earls Court and Olympia

04 October 1999

UK: Future as exhibition venues safe, say owners.

The Ant Hills of Commerce

04 October 1999

UK: The Ant Hills of Commerce, 20 x 141/4in (51 x 36cm), Richard Wynne Nevinson’s oil on canvas scene of New York, was consigned from a local deceased estate which had owned it for more than 50 years to George Kidner of Lymington, Hants, where it was estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Nazi loot case – Trade caught in the crossfire

04 October 1999

FRANCE: THE French government is to prosecute New York art dealer Adam Williams for handling stolen goods after a painting he bought at Christie’s in London turned out to be Nazi looted art. A successful prosecution could have serious repercussions for the Trade.

Fears of ‘fair price’ precedent

27 September 1999

UK: THE conviction of a jeweller on a charge of criminal deception has raised serious questions as to the legal obligation of dealers to give a ‘fair price’ for items, even when being offered a bargain.